Bay School of San Francisco

35 Keyes Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129
Phone: 415-561-5800
Fax: 415-561-5808
Head of School
Tim Johnson
Director of Admission
Erica Brodie
Established: 2004
Grades: 9-12
  • 321
    Total student enrollment Grades 9-12
  • 159
  • 162
  • 30
    Percent students of color
  • 8:1
    Student: teacher ratio
  • 14
    Average class size
  • 40
  • 76
    Percent faculty with advanced degrees
Admissions Process
  • January
    Application deadline (month)
  • $90
    Application fee
  • 530
    Number of 9th Grade applications
  • 85
    Average range of openings 9th Grade
  • 0-5
    Average range of openings 10th Grade
  • 0-2
    Average range of openings 11th Grade
  • 0-1
    Average range of openings 12th Grade
  • $39,000
    Tuition (2013-2014)
  • January
    Financial aid deadline
  • *
    Cumulative SAT score
  • 99
    Percent students attending four year colleges/universities
  • 1
    Percent students attending two year colleges
Top five names of Colleges/ Universities attended by
7 or more students (2009-2013):
  • 20
    Number of Varsity sports offered
  • 6
    Number of Junior Varsity sports
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Mission: At Bay, we balance challenging academics and innovative thinking with a mindful approach to learning and life. Our goal is to see students unlock their individual and collective potential so they begin to realize their roles in a dynamic world.

Located in the Presidio of San Francisco, The Bay School is an independent, college preparatory high school committed to providing its students with a challenging, innovative curriculum and a collaborative, supportive community. 325 students are enrolled in grades nine through 12 and guided by a distinguished faculty of more than 40 teachers.

Bay utilizes the most current research, information and technology for teaching and learning. Our day starts with school-wide morning meeting, which includes a student or faculty presentation, short silent sit, and announcements. Students take 4 classes per trimester, each meeting for 80 minutes, as depth of subjects and material is valued over breadth. The culminating experience for all Bay graduates is the Senior Signature Project, a two-trimester course in which seniors investigate a question in depth, working with an outside mentor and our Senior Signature Project directors, and concluding with a deliverable and formal presentation to the school community. Our academic philosophy reflects a commitment to thoughtful inquiry, impassioned creativity, and deliberate skill practice.

A large athletic and physical activities program is offered, with 20 Varsity sports teams that have yielded a number of championships in our short history. Visual, digital, musical and performing arts are offered as part of our academic curriculum, in addition to three full-scale drama productions, dance, and advanced jazz offerings after school.

Our college counseling process begins in 11th grade under the careful guidance of 3 full-time counselors, with SAT prep classes built into the curriculum. 323 colleges and universities, including Yale, Princeton, MIT, Stanford, Brown, and all of the UC campuses, admitted students from Bay.

*We offer a variety of advanced level courses, many of which have been approved as Honors level by the University of California system. Although we do not offer AP courses, each year a number of students successfully prepare for and take AP exams in a variety of subject areas.

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